Community

Cheeky Monkey Club

The Cheeky Monkey Club is a free program for kids 12 & under. Join the club and choose a free apple, banana, or carrot when you visit the Co-op! Our apples and carrots come from local farmers (when available). Sign up today and start snackin’! You can join the club at the register in the store.

 

Classes, Lectures, and Movies

Classes, lectures, and movies help our community become knowledgeable about issues that impact the economy, personal wellness, and the environment. For currently scheduled outreach events, please visit our Events calendar.

Registration

Registration is required for all classes. Payment in full secures your place in class, and must be received at least one week prior to the class date. Register online, by phone, or at the Customer Service desk.

Class Fees

Class fees vary because of class type (lecture vs. demonstration) and the costs associated with the class (ingredients, instructor fee, etc.). Please see individual course descriptions for class fee details. Members receive discounted class fees. Some classes are available free of charge, but still require pre-registration.

Cancellation Policy

Please call if you are unable to attend. See our refund policy for information about receiving a refund. We reserve the right to cancel classes with enrollment that does not meet the minimum required within three days of the class.

Refund Policy

Class fees will be refunded if a person cancels prior to 48 hours before a class. Refunds for cancellations within 48-hours before a class will be given in the form of credit toward another class or event at Chequamegon Food Co-op.

Teaching a Class

The Chequamegon Food Co-op seeks creative, fun and energetic instructors for its outreach curriculum. If you would like to teach a class, submit a course proposal and some information that lets us know about your ideas and experience with the topic.

Suggest a Class

Want to take a class and don’t see it on our event calendar? Suggest a class topic or potential instructor by contacting us.

Schedule

Classes are planned and scheduled on a quarterly basis. We advertise upcoming classes in The Grapevine, on our website event calendar, on posters in the store and throughout the community, in The Daily Press, and through our e-newsletter. The planning schedule is as follows:

Classes In………….Proposal Due By

  • January, February, March…………..October 10
  • April, May, June…………..January 10
  • July, August, September…………..April 10
  • October, November, December…………..July 10

 

Community Room Rental

The Community Room may be reserved for a variety of occasions for Co-op owners,community groups, and non-profits. All reservation requests are due at least one week in advance and subject to an approval process. Please download, read, and return our Community Room Rental Form.

 

Outreach Programming

The Chequamegon Food Co-op loves to share healthy snacks and helpful information at schools, health fairs, and other community events. If you would like us to consider attending your event, please contact Meagan Van Beest, Marketing & Member Services Manager.

 

Donations

The Chequamegon Food Co-op is pleased to offer small financial and in-kind donations to a variety of local community groups through our Community Outreach and Donations Program. This program is administered by the Marketing & Member Services Manager. Please download, read, and return our Donation Request Form to submit your donation request. Requests must be made via the Donation Request Form.

The primary purpose of our donation program is to assist with funds for special projects and fundraising by LOCAL organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Donations will be made on a first come, first served basis from a limited monthly fund. Once a month’s budget is reached, no other funds will be available that month.
    Most of our support is provided in the form of Co-op gift cards that can be used to purchase food or given away as a raffle prize. Generally, these gift cards do not exceed $25.
    Priority will be given to projects and organizations that align with the Co-op’s mission to provide access to healthy, locally produced goods, ensure a thriving local economy, and create a knowledgeable community informed about choices that impact the economy, personal wellness, and the environment.
    Requests must be made via the Donation Request Form, which is available at the Co-op.

It will take up to four weeks to process your request. You will be contacted by phone regarding the status of your donation within this time period. Donation requests made within one week prior to the event date will not be considered. Please remember that we receive a large number of donation requests and unfortunately it is impossible to fulfill every one. Thank you!

 

Micro-loans

The Chequamegon Food Co-op’s micro-loan program began in 2008 as a way for the cooperative business to invest its profits in the local food system.

In an effort to support the local food system and increase the availability of local products, the Chequamegon Food Co-op offers micro-loans to qualified local food producers. The Co-op’s micro-loan program began in 2008 as a way for the cooperative business to invest its profits in the local food system. To date, micro-loans have helped fund packaging for drinkable yogurt from Springbrook Farm, a grain mill for Maple Hill Farm, a poultry processing trailer for Pasture Perfect Poultry, and plant stock for River Road Farm, among many other projects. Loans are capped at $5,000 and have up to a 3-year payback period.

Proposals for the spring cycle are due by March 1 with funding decisions made by March 15.  Proposals for the fall cycle are due by September 1 with funding decisions made by September 15.  Download the micro-loan application.

To learn more about the Chequamegon Food Co-op micro-loan program, please contact Meagan Van Beest, Marketing & Member Services Manager.